Freshman Year

Freshman Year Overview

During freshman year, you should be trying to strike a balance of classes that provide a strong foundation for more advanced classes you will take later on and also explore different activities.
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Freshman Fall

Freshman Fall

If you are able, take a broad, general course load that you find interesting.Try out many different extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports in the beginning to gain a sense of the wide range of possibilities available to you.
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Freshman Spring

Freshman Spring

Try to figure out which of your activities seem most appealing to you, but don’t overcommit to a few things too early.
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Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year Overview

During sophomore year, you should try to hone into things that you find most interesting and are passionate about. Although high school should be a time of discovery, finding a few passions early on can help you develop them throughout your high school career.
Sophomore Fall

Sophomore Fall

Focus on your academics and think about your favorite subjects. Try a PSAT. Think about trying new activities or getting more involved with your favorite one, and look out for internships or other opportunities in your community.
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Sophomore Spring

Sophomore Spring

If you can, prepare for and take a SAT subject test at the end of the year. Prepare for local or state-mandated exams as well. Try to find opportunities in which you can participate over the summer.
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Junior Year

Junior Year Overview

Junior year is when you should begin thinking about college and when you should take the most rigorous course load with which you're comfortable. It's also ideal to take the SAT or ACT during this year. Cast a wide net when it comes to colleges, and know that choosing a college should ultimately be a personal decision.
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Junior Fall

Junior Fall

Focus on and push yourself in interesting, advanced classes and find teachers that you connect with. Prepare for SATs/ACTs, aiming to take them in early spring.
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Junior Spring

Junior Spring

Begin seriously looking at colleges and the admissions process. Make lists of colleges, features you're looking for, and teachers for recommendations. Try to visit nearby schools that you're interested in, and find a summer internship or other opportunity.
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Junior Summer

Junior Summer

  1. Prepare for final SAT/SAT2/ACT
  2. Prepare application to Questbridge, if eligible
  3. Start thinking about what values and experiences have been most important to you -- these will be useful when writing applications
Senior Year

Senior Year Overview

This is it! This is the time to finally put together a coherent, well thought-out application that can attest to your hard work and dedication these past four years and throughout your entire life.
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Recommendations

Recommendations

This is one of the most important aspects of your application since it gives someone else the opportunity to (candidly) comment on you. What’s important is to get letters from teachers that know you personally and can comment on your abilities both in an academic context and in a personal context.
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Applications

Applications

I think about applications in three separate “waves.” The first is the “Early” wave, the second is the “regular wave,” and the third is “rolling,” which happens throughout the entire application process.
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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

As indicated earlier, the financial aid process can really start in tandem with the college application process. I strongly encourage you to apply to scholarships such as Questbridge and Posse if you are eligible.
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